Allergies & Testing

Allergy

 

DID YOU KNOW……..
60 Million People in the U.S. Suffer from allergies. That’s enough people to classify allergy as an epidemic, but most people who have allergies are never actually diagnosed.
Some people don’t even recognize the symptoms:
• Coughing
• Loss of taste
• Sleep disturbances
• Runny nose
• Headaches
• Difficulty concentrating

 

WHAT CAUSES ALLERGIES?
Allergies happen when your body’s immune system reacts to substances that wouldn’t cause a reaction in most people. The immune system’s function is to help your body fight intruders such a parasites, bacteria or viruses. If you’re allergic, your immune system reacts toward natural substances the way it would react toward something harmful. Your immune system “misreads” something that is otherwise completely harmless.
• Grasses
• Ragweed
• Cat
• House dust mites
• Birch
• Dog
• Venom

 

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF ALLERGIES?

RESPIRATORY ALLERGIES
Respiratory allergies are the most common allergies. Symptoms include sneezing, itching, and watery eyes and nose, and wheezing. Hay fever (also known as rhinitis) and/or asthma are the most common ways for respiratory allergies to manifest themselves. The respiratory system usually affected if you’re allergic to tree pollen, grass pollen, animals, molds and house dust mites.

 

SKIN-RELATED ALERGY
Eczema, also called contact allergy or contact dermatitis, is the tem used for an over-reaction in the skin caused by direct contact with certain substances (allergies) in our environment. It can be either allergic or non-allergic in nature. The two reactions often look the same. The way to distinguish between the two is to perform an allergy test.

 

INSECT ALLERGIES
Allergy to insect stings occurs as a severe local skin reaction, exhaustion, dizziness, swelling of the throat and, in worst cases, anaphylaxis.

 

SKIN TEST
A skin test involves either a gentle prick with a drop of allergen extract on the surface of your arm or an injection of a small amount of allergen extract into the skin. This method may result in mild swelling and reddening f the skin, which tells the doctor you have an allergy. For most patients this method requires about half an hour and is not painful.

 

WHAT IS IMMUNOTHERAPY?
Allergy immunotherapy is a clinically documented treatment that considerably reduces or completely removes your allergy symptoms and the need for traditional, symptom relieving medication. Until your immune system has had time to adjust, you may still need the medication you are already using. After 3-6 months, your need for drugs may decrease and your symptoms may become less severe. An additional effect of immunotherapy is that it may prevent the onset of other allergies and the development of asthma. Studies have shown that children who were at an increased risk of developing asthma were able to resist the onset of asthma and see their existing symptoms decrease after competing treatment. Also the treatment has a long standing effect after it is discontinued. New scientific studies have shown that results are maintained for 5-10 years after the course of allergy immunotherapy has been completed.

 

HOW DOES IMMUNOTHERAPY WORK?
During the treatment, the immune system is gradually desensitized through injections of small doses of specific allergenic proteins extracted from natural allergen sources: pollens (grass, trees, etc.), house dust mites, animals, insects and more. You eventually grow accustomed to the allergens that normally caused an allergic reaction.